Directed by Joel Gallen, starring Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Deon Richmond, Eric Christian Olsen, Cerina Vincent, Riley Smith and Mia Kirshner.
We have a former MTV executive to thank for bringing a film that was originally titled 'Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can't Hardly Wait to Be Kissed’ to the screen. Joel Gallen, in his directorial film debut obviously thought he could bring hilarity to the masses with this lampoon of the teen comedy genre.
'Not Another Teen Movie' basically offers a mish-mash of a genre that barely worked the first time around: 'American Pie', 'She's All That', 'Roadtrip', '10 Things I Hate About You', etc. See where it’s all going? Straight for the unwatchable, worst ever, who-goes-to-see-this-stuff? movie stockpile. Posters advertising the film highlight and indeed, namecheck each character according to their stereotypical role.
The plot - and I use the word in the loosest sense - revolves around John Hughes High School. A popular jock (Chris Evans), takes a bet from a cocky friend that he can turn ugly-but-actually-pretty girl Janey, (Chyler Leigh), into the prom queen. His efforts are tormented by his sister Catherine (Mia Kirshner), the cruellest girl in school and Priscilla, the bitchy cheerleader (Jaime Pressly). In between, up pops the naked foreign exchange student (Cerina Vincent), the beautiful alternative girl (Riley Smith), Malik, the token black guy (Deon Richmond) and a trio of desperate virgins. The list of 'characters' goes on but I'd rather not.
Sure it's swathed in cliche, hyperbole and stereotype but it fails to pull any of these off with any verve or humour. In fact it's horrifically unfunny and the film insults the intelligence of even the most undemanding viewer. Unless Gallen funded this production himself, it's amazing that a studio would back this total non-runner. I'm afraid it is another teen movie and possibly one of the worst ever made. Forget about handing over your hard earned cash at the box office, and don't even think about renting 'Not Another Teen Movie' – even if it's the last DVD in the shop.